Ml started 5th grade yesterday. Word on the street was one of ML’s teacher’s has high expectations; and middle school will seem easy after having her. All good words for a mom to hear. BUT I didn’t know how much I was going to love this teacher until yesterday. Here’s a portion of the email she sent yesterday.
“They also received their first assigned novel to read. Typically students are accustomed to hearing “30 minutes” of reading per evening, M-F. However, in my 18 years of teaching I have learned that 30 minutes for one child may be 3 pages, while for another it may be 40 pages, depending upon concentration, interest, and other factors. I have told the children that I would like them to read 20-30 pages per evening, rather than counting minutes. It is more tangible. If your child finds the book too difficult to read 20-30 pages in a reasonable amount of time, then I can get them another book more suited to their level. We will be using these assigned novels for writing assignments. Thank you for your patience and support!”
ML’s first assigned book is Gregor the Overlander. As pictured above, the other books they will read this quarter are Hatchet, Wait Till Helen Comes, and Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. Those are the ones she remembers. I’m eager to see if there are others. And wondering the total amount of books ML will read this year. Based on a secret algorithm I created using my knowledge of number of days of school and average number of pages in a chapter book for fifth graders, my guess is 15 books.
I’m giving myself homework too. Thirty pages a day of contenders for the 2018 Newbery Award. The four books I’m starting with are below. I feel certain I won’t read all the books completely; but I’ll at least give them thirty pages. And if I end up reading the entire book, you can bet it will make my list right before the awards are given on what I think should win.
The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish
The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla
Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar